Today’s Tidbit | Esther (Hau) & James Roy Anderson

While trying to fill in some empty gaps in my tree, I came across this interesting information about my 2nd cousin, Esther (Hau) Anderson, and her husband, James. Esther was born in Fond du Lac, WI in 1904. She is listed in the 1925 and 1927 Racine, WI city directories as a teacher. She married James Roy Anderson, who was born in Racine.

What I discovered was that James Roy Anderson was a Brigadier General during WWII. He and Esther are listed in the 1930 US Census as living in the Schofield Barracks in Honolulu. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1926, served at various Army installations, and obtained his wings at Kelly Field, Texas, in 1936. During 1943-1944 he served on the War Department General Staff. In January 1945, General Andersen was assigned to HQ AAF, Pacific Ocean Area.

General Anderson was declared killed in action after an aircraft accident on 26 February 1945 over the Pacific Ocean, near Kwajalein Island, en route to Hawaii. Andersen Air Force Base, in the United States territory Guam is named in his honor.

Esther never remarried and passed away in Georgia in 1988.